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Recap | Jennifer Egan and Pico Iyer at UC Santa Barbara’s Campbell Hall

Jennifer Egan speaks not just in complete sentences, but in thoughtful, entertaining, and insightful sentences — three adjectives that are also apt descriptions for her conversation with Pico Iyer last weekend. The kickoff to UCSB Arts & Lectures’ Speaking with Pico series was exactly the kind of invigorating discussion that makes me yearn to curl up with an authors’ backlist for a long cozy week in front of the fireplace.
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The Joys of Speaking with Pico Iyer

It might be said that the seeds for the popular Speaking with Pico series first sprouted in a class at UCSB. Religious Studies professor Nandini Iyer (Pico Iyer’s late mother) had former Arts & Lectures (A&L) Associate Director Roman Baratiak as a student in the 1970s. Baratiak became a very good friend of the family and brought Pico into the program in the 1990s.
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Elizabeth Strout in Conversation with Pico Iyer

In an era saturated with serials, sequels, and character-driven franchises, Elizabeth Strout elevates convention to the elusive status of art. Her novels don’t follow one another in a predetermined sequence; they express different perspectives on a single world. Her latest, Oh William!, is narrated by Lucy Barton, the protagonist of My Name Is Lucy Barton (2016) and a character in Anything Is Possible (2017). In her review of Oh William! for the New York Times, novelist Jennifer Egan described the appeal of Strout’s expanding novelistic universe as “a prickle of cosmic convergence.” Pico Iyer will be on hand to engage Strout in what promises to be an engaging evening of conversation. For tickets and information, visit
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UCSB Arts & Lectures presents Bestselling Author and Pulitzer Prize Winner Elizabeth Strout in Conversation with Pico Iyer Friday, May 13th at 7:30 p.m. Pacific at Campbell Hall

UCSB Arts & Lectures presents bestselling author and Pulitzer Prize winner, Elizabeth Strout. Celebrated works include the Pulitzer Prize-winning Olive Kitteridge, its follow-up Olive, Again, The Burgess Boys and My Name Is Lucy Barton. Pico Iyer has published 15 books on subjects ranging from the Dalai Lama to globalism to...

Prospects for optimism, with Pico Iyer and Vrajaprana

For many of us, the new year brings the promise of new beginnings, like resolutions to lose weight, learn new skills, or look for a new job. It’s also a good time to undo bad habits, enjoy some outward reflection, and maybe pick up a good book. So as...

The Huntington Acquires Archive of Acclaimed Novelist and Travel Writer Pico Iyer

The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens announced today that it has acquired the archive of acclaimed novelist and travel writer Pico Iyer, author of such bestsellers as The Art of Stillness and The Open Road. The acquisition is a substantial addition to The Huntington’s already extensive holdings in fiction and travel literature. The archive contains more than 6,000 drafts of Iyer’s shorter and longer works; notes in preparation for interviews, teaching, and talks; and personal notes and diaries.
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A World Outside Time: Pico Iyer on the Deep Pleasure of Handel’s Chorale Music

Every November day, in our two-room apartment in Japan, as the sun rises over Mount Ikoma, casting golden stripes across our dinner table, my wife puts into our creaking boom box a CD of Handel arias. His high, ringing chords and notes of jubilation begin to echo around our home. Sometimes we put on Bach as well, or even Van Morrison, but it’s Handel who feels to me like the laureate of the season: so often, he’s bringing us a sense of slightly wistful celebration, a mix of rhapsody and sobriety, that seems to rhyme with the cloudless blue skies and the pinch of cold, the turning leaves outside.